Replace Damaged or Missing Teeth with Dental Crowns or Dental Bridges in Tulsa, OK
Damaged teeth look bad and can hurt, especially when you chew. Missing teeth can also affect your smile and your ability to eat like normal. To solve any of these problems, Dr. Cobble offers dental crowns and dental bridges at our Tulsa, OK dentist office.
Dental Crown for Tooth RepairRead Transcript
The materials that are available to us today for crowns and bridges are so wonderful, and such a huge advance over what we had to use in years past. We now have all-ceramic crowns and bridges that do not need any metal in them for strength because they are actually stronger than a natural tooth and yet, can be aesthetic and look like a natural tooth, whereas the older porcelain-over-metal crowns tended to wear a natural tooth severely with time. These materials have the same wear characteristics as natural enamel, so they wear just as natural as enamel does, if they're opposing a natural tooth. They just keep getting our materials better and better, and I love knowing that we're using whatever the latest material is to offer for our patients.
When one of your teeth has been damaged, you need to repair it. It doesn’t matter if the damage is from a baseball injury, a biking accident, or just regular wear and tear over time. If you don’t treat the problem, chances are high that it’ll just get worse. For example, a hairline crack on a tooth keeps getting pushed a little more open each time you chew. Eventually, this constant pressure could lead to fracturing open the tooth.
Dental crowns are a restorative dentistry treatment that can fix damaged teeth. They are caps that fit snugly over your teeth. They’re made from porcelain and colored to match your existing smile. They’re also shaped to look like the teeth they cover. Once a crown is placed, people will probably not know it’s even there. All of that damage is not just hidden, however. It’s sealed up to protect the tooth and to make sure the damage doesn’t get worse.
Dental Bridges to Replace Teeth
When you are missing a tooth, it’s harder to chew. If the tooth was in the front of your mouth, you could even have trouble talking. You need to replace it soon. A dental bridge is a noninvasive way to do just that. A bridge is made of at least three crowns. First, a dental crown is made as a replacement tooth that will look like a healthy version of the missing tooth. Two more crowns are connected to the replacement tooth, one on each side. These crowns fit over the teeth next to the empty space to hold the replacement tooth securely in that space.
Dental Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
When you are missing several teeth in a row, using standard dental bridges might not be possible. That many crowns in a row could use a little extra support. That’s why you can get implant-supported dental bridges from our Tulsa, OK dental office. We will place a few dental implants in your jawbone, depending on the number of missing teeth. Once connected to your bridge, the implants will provide extra support. Implants also help keep your jawbone from deteriorating.
Dental Implants Restored with Dental Crown
Dental implants are another way to replace teeth. They have an advantage over a dental bridge: the implanted root. Your natural teeth have roots extending into the jawbone. When you chew, pressure is exerted onto that root and stimulates the bone tissue there. This keeps your bone healthy. Without that pressure, the bone can deteriorate.
A dental implant uses a dental crown as a replacement for the missing tooth. This crown is connected to a titanium root that is surgically placed in your jawbone. This gives the crown the same stability as your natural teeth. It also helps keep your jawbone healthy.